Why has Andre Santos failed to deliver at Arsenal? When I heard Andre Santos was moving to Arsenal I was happy and thought the club had purchased a great player who would become a vital part of the team.
I saw him play at Fenerbache in Turkey and I was immediately impressed. He had a great ability to run back and forth from the left back position to the opposition box in very little time and retain his stamina, not only this but he caused the defenders for the other team as many problems as the strikers were causing.
He was able to get down the wing and take on defenders with his dribbling and pace and cause trouble by whipping in dangerous crosses and even shooting from crazy distances and scoring amazing goals. He seemed like a hidden gem of a player at the time and many clubs in Europe had their eye on him when he was at Fenerbache.
He may have displayed good attacking skill but Arsenal fans will know, he has never had any defensive skill at all. At Fenerbache he didn’t need to defend because the other players around him were good enough to cover for him and let him keep attacking down the wing.
He even broke into the Brazil team during his time in Turkey and became the first choice left back, keeping players like Marcelo out of the team. He has a total of 29 caps for Brazil which is more than a lot of good players have ever reached, if he has this many caps for Brazil he must have been half decent.
And so he arrived at Arsenal and I expected him to become Arsenal’s version of Roberto Carlos. We all know how his Arsenal career went, terrible performances because of terrible defending. Half the time he did get forward with the ball where he usually shines, he still couldn’t make an impact and eventually was muscled out of the team by Kieran Gibbs.
With the arrival of Monreal and the continuous growth of Gibbs it is certain that his time at the club is over and he will be sold to whoever will take him.
This may be a controversial opinion about why he didn’t work out at Arsenal but I think it’s because the rest of the defenders were not able to cover for him when he wanted to get forward. A left back should be able to defend but Santos is magic when attacking down the left wing, if the rest of the defence was stronger maybe we would have seen better things from Santos.
Things could have been so different for Santos and the club if he had performed well in his two years at the club, time to move on.